Practise your home fire escape plan with loved ones on Family Day

    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario Fire Marshal is urging all Ontarians
to spend a few minutes this Family Day on a lifesaving activity that could
protect the entire family from fire.
    "Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how to get out of
the home in the event of a fire," said Patrick Burke, Fire Marshal for
Ontario. "Consider drawing a floor plan of your home, identifying all escape
routes from each room."

    Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

    -  Install working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside
       all sleeping areas - It's the law! - Make sure everyone in the home
       knows the sound of the smoke alarm.

    -  Assess the needs of everyone in the home - Identify anyone who
       requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small
       children or older adults.

    -  Identify all possible exits ( doors and windows ) and make sure they
       work - know two ways out of all areas, if possible.

    -  Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds - Assign
       someone to help those who need assistance, identify a safe meeting
       place outside and call the fire department from a neighbour's home or
       cell phone.

    -  Get low and go - Everyone must know that if they are caught in smoke,
       they should get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.

    You may have only seconds to safely escape your home. Practise your home
fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out quickly.

For further information:

For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138 or Chris Slosser, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3120

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